If you have a medical emergency and you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are being evaluated for the virus, dial 911. Notify the dispatcher of your medical emergency first, and that you have COVID-19 or are being evaluated for the virus. If possible, put on a facemask before medical personnel arrive.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and you develop a fever and other symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. 

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Thank you for your concern in the Coronavirus/COVID-19 . If you have further questions please contact the IDPH hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or visit The CDC also has up to date information at 

City’s Press Release and Update from 3/30/2020

City’s Press Release and Update from 3/27/2020

City’s Press Release and Update from 3/25/2020

City’s Press Release and Update from 3/22/2020

City’s Press Release and Update from 3/20/2020

City’s Press Release and Update from 3/19/2020

City’s Press Release and Update from 3/18/2020

City’s Press Release and Update from 3/17/2020

City’s Press Release on new procedures from 3/16/2020

City’s Press Release on COVID-19 from 3/13/2020

Open Letter to the Edwardsville Community

Open Letter to the Edwardsville Community

March 19, 2020


As your elected and appointed officials, we have all sworn an oath to keep the safety and well-being of this community foremost.  With the advent of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, we now face a new threat to public health that cannot be seen, heard, or felt – at least not in the traditional sense we have previously encountered.

COVID-19 is similar to previous viral outbreaks in the way it is spread; however, the medical implications are vastly different from previous outbreaks.  Most who do contract the virus will have only mild symptoms, if any at all.  Those infected in this way are more of a threat to others because of the high risk of unknowingly spreading the virus.  The more it spreads, the more likely it will infect someone you know and love, someone who does not have the capacity to fight off its effects.  This can lead to critical illness, and could in fact overrun the community’s medical infrastructure if left unchecked.

In the midst of this crisis, we believe the City has a responsibility for the continuity of government so that we can be here when you need us most.  We must demonstrate an informed and measured response, setting an example for the rest of the community.  Our response needs to be tailored to the specific threat to our City, based upon facts, reports and recommendations as they become available.  We are committed to provide the best service and best information to you through local, county, state, national and international resources.

City staff and elected officials have been working on appropriate measures:

  • City meetings are on the same schedule; however we will allow elected and appointed officials to participate via video conference or teleconference depending on the capabilities.
  • Residents who wish to provide public input are directed to:
  • Public comment Voicemail 618-307-1715
  • Messages go to the Clerk and Deputy Clerk along with IT and Legal.
  • Messages will be played/read before the appropriate board/committee.

These elements of health monitoring, social distancing and hand washing are the pillars that will support the overall effort to hold down the spread of the coronavirus.

Elsewhere in the City:

Edwardsville Library is closed to the public, but will be available via phone.  The Library is also providing a curbside drop-off service.  Please check our website(,  Facebook,  or call the library (618-692-7556) for updates. 

  • Wildey auditorium events have been postponed through mid-April.
  • City buildings are now closed to the public.  Business should be conducted via phone or email.  Bills can be paid through the drop-box at City Hall.  Large plans for Public Works review can be dropped off in the lobby of the Public Works Building, but no payments will be received there.
  • The Edwardsville Emergency Operations Center will be staffed during normal business hours, and will be ramped up further if needed.

Likely there is no one in Edwardsville who has not already been impacted by this pandemic.  Daily lives have been – and will continue to be – disrupted.  This forces us all to share in the effort to slow and hold down the effects of the coronavirus. 

The basic principles of prevention are the same for all:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.
  • Monitor your health carefully and stay home if you are sick.
  • Limit social gatherings to smaller numbers with more social distancing.
  • Take extra efforts to clean and disinfect touch surfaces.
  • Work from home if you can.

Finally, stay calm.  This is the time to use a measured response and set an example for now and generations to come.

Sincerely and in your service,

R.W. Welle,

Edwardsville Fire Chief/Emergency Management Coordinator

Hal Patton,

Mayor, City of Edwardsville

Documents on the Coronavirus/COVID-19